If produced a lot, Chrysler ME Four-Twelve was able to let Ferrari “run after” and the Ford GT was not “lonely” as it is today.
Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Concept is not only a concept car, there was a “flesh skin” that was released. If the merger between Chrysler and Daimler-Benz goes well, the ME Four-Twelve has been mass produced.
The $ 36 billion merger started in 1998 and lasted until 2007 and then went into a deadlock. Just because of the hesitation of the Daimler-Benz superiors that another company interrupted, bought 81% of Chrysler shares for only $ 7.4 billion.
In nearly 10 years, Chrysler has produced Dodge Journey, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Nitro, Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Compass, Patriot and Jeep Liberty under the auspices of Daimler-Benz. Unfortunately, the ME Four-Twelve supercar project has broken down according to the “shortfall” of the German corporation.
What makes Chrysler ME Four-Twelve?
First launched at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, the Chrysler concept concept ME Four-Twelve impressed the media. Under the help of Daimler-Benz, Chrysler has created a supercar with a 6.0L V12 engine with 4 AMG turbochargers.
This engine produces a capacity of 850 hp at 5,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 1,152 Nm at the fringes of 2,500-4,500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel shaft through 7-speed gearbox wet clutch. The ME Four-Twelve is also a rare supercar that owns a digital gear at that time.
The engine is not the only impressive thing of this supercar. Thanks to the application of lightweight materials such as carbon and aluminum for the frame, carbon fiber for bodywork, ME Four-Twelve has a volume of only 1,309 kg. This is a desirable volume for a supercar, even the 10-year-old Koenigsegg Agera One could not reach this volume.
Even seats on the ME Four-Twelve are made from carbon, while the brake disc system is made of ceramic materials and synthetic resins.
Although it hasn’t been tested yet, Chrysler, ME Four-Twelve, can accelerate 0-100 km / h in just 2.6 seconds. The power-to-weight ratio of the ME Four-Twelve has surpassed the top-of-the-line supercar like Ferrari Enzo, McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron.
Besides, the suspension system on the ME Four-Twelve is also the most modern item at that time. The dampers are adjustable by means of push bars connected to the double arm in both front and rear.
What does the ME Four-Twelve look like?
ME Four-Twelve is an idea car, but the actual design of this model is not so fast. Even this concept is said to be very close to commercial production and if Daimler-Benz is more assertive, the ME Four-Twelve is already on the market.
At that time, Chrysler’s design language was considered “very intense”. When applied to the ME Four-Twelve, this supercar looks fierce. Noticeably, how did Chrysler spell out how the ME Four-Twelve had some elegance – an extreme contrary to the fierce.
Inside, the interior of the ME Four-Twelve has been completely set up and looks ready for mass production.
What happened to the ME Four-Twelve project?
Everything about the ME Four-Twelve is ready to go to the production line. Chrysler also calculated the cost of developing and building this super car production line in a limit of 10 cars or 100 units. Since then, the price of each ME Four-Twelve will range from US $ 250,000 to US $ 750,000. A fairly good public response to the price of the ME Four-Twelve gave the green light to Chrysler to produce this supercar.
However, this project collapsed just before the production line was approved by a report that appeared in 2005. According to this report, the cost of developing the ME Four-Twelve, building a production line Exports can reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
Although ME Four-Twelve is faster than Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – the top model of the German carmaker at that time – but the price is much more expensive. The top of the German carmaker needs more time to think about this project. Until 2007, the merger merger caused this project to go into a dead end.
ME Four-Twelve collapsed, American supercar also failed
Without a report appearing in 2005, Chrysler had a supercar model for the United States (despite German engines) and the Ford GT also had a companion to fight against Italian cars.
Even, ME Four-Twelve may have defeated the strongest Ferrari at the time to bring glory to Americans. Besides, Americans always like super cars, muscular monsters and ME Four-Twelve that meet these two elements.
If the ME Four-Twelve was produced, GM would not have struggled to develop a supercar for more than 15 years. So far, the iconic group for the American auto industry has only made the Corvette C8. However, only high-class Corvette C8 stand in the motor sports car segment between and far behind “senior” ME Four-Twelve.